Gratitude

Scripture: Luke 17:11-19

I.    Vs 11-12              Afar Off

Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem and he took the most direct route which was through Samaria. This fact should not be taken lightly, because the Jews would have nothing to do with the Samaritans. Some things never change, because even today people refuse to deal with other people for various reasons that are not biblical. These ten lepers consisted of Jews and a Samaritan, because pain has a way of bringing people together. *Point: Jesus Christ can bring people together and believers should not be afar off from one another. Now back to leprosy. A leper was considered ceremonially un-clean and had to stay away (afar off) from other people, because of their condition. This means no Temple worship, job, or fellowship with other people. *Sound familiar. During this time most people believed that leprosy was a result of sin and God’s judgement. These lepers had to ring a bell and shout unclean, unclean, unclean when they traveled. They had to stay afar off and because of our sin we were afar off from God. But, Romans 5:10 declares that “when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” So child of God you should be grateful and show the Lord gratitude because you are no longer afar off. *Point: Do this with your life and your lips.

II.    Vs. 13               Mercy

They all asked the Lord for the same thing and that was mercy (compassion). The Lord was going to provide compassion to ten men with leprosy, because their lives had been without mercy. The lepers had not received mercy from other people because they had to live in isolation. Most of the community believed that leprosy was a form of Godly punishment, so they would not even attempt to show them any mercy. *Point: You should be glad that the Lord is not like people, because he is full of grace and mercy. Psalm 106:1 “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” The Lord never runs out of mercy and his mercy is even available to a person with leprosy. So, we should be grateful that we serve a merciful God. *Even during this current storm the Lord has been merciful to us. Let us show others the same amount of mercy that the Lord has shown us.

III.    Vs. 14-16              Cleansed/Healed

The Lord saw their pain, heard their cry for help, and he spoke healing in their life. How many times has the Lord noticed your situation and spoke a word of healing to you thru his word. He told them to contact a priest and they were healed as they went (obeyed). *Note Leviticus 13. They all obeyed and they all were healed, but only one of them was grateful. *Point: Do you take the Lord for granted and treat him like he owes you something. All ten lepers should have returned to give thanks to the Lord, because without him they were hopeless. A diagnosis of leprosy was like having a death sentence. The priests had the authority to pronounce a person clean or unclean, but only the great physician has the power to heal. These lepers were now free to re-enter society and Christ has provided every believer with spiritual healing to enter heaven. *Point: You should be grateful that your sins have been forgiven and there has been a change in your life, since Jesus entered your heart. Read I Corinthians 6:9-11 and II Corinthians 5:17. These lepers knew that they had been healed, but the Samaritan had an appreciation for the one who had changed his life. Gratitude brings glory to God.

IV.    Vs. 17-19             Faith

The Lord inquired about the other nine former lepers, because only the Samaritan gave God the glory. The Lord healed ten, but he only saved one. The statement “has healed you” can be translated “has saved you”. So many people want the fish, loaves, and healing, but they don’t want Jesus. *Point: So if you know Christ as savior you have millions of reasons to be grateful. Gratitude should be your daily attitude because salvation is more than enough reason to thank the Lord.

I hope this was a blessing to you.

Because He Lives

Bro. Mack